Hip Dysplasia 


  •  Hip dysplasia is a fairly common condition which can occur in most dogs but there are breeds, such as labradors and german shepard dogs who are predisposed to develop hip dysplasia 

  • Hip dysplasia is a painful condition where the ball and socket joint in the hip doesn’t fit together as it should 

  • Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition

  • There are schemes in place to screen potential breeding male or female dogs for hip dysplasia 

  • Always consult your vet if you suspect your pet may have hip dysplasia 


Often dogs with hip dysplasia with ‘bunny hop’ meaning when they run they move both back legs together. You may also notice more generalised signs of pain in the hip joint, such as stiffness, struggling to get up and down, reluctance to go up and down the stairs or jump in and out of the car. 


To diagnose hip dysplasia, your vet will need to take a series of x-rays to assess the ball and socket joint in the hip. 


Treatment will depend on various factors, such as the amount of pain your pet is experiencing and the degree of secondary arthritis they may have in their hip joint. 


  • Weight loss: if your pet is overweight, your veterinarian may advise trying to address this 

  • Pain relief will address the pain caused by hip dysplasia 

  • Controlled exercise: by controlling your pets exercise you can help reduce the inflammation and pain within the joint 

  • Surgery: this will often require referral to a specialist orthopedic surgeon, your vet will be able to discuss this with you 

If you have any intentions of breeding from your dog, particularly if they are an at risk breed then it is important you discuss this with your veterinarian. They will be able to advise you on screening your dog for early signs of hip dysplasia.